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New Natural History GCSE will ‘engage and inspire’ young people, says BASC

BASC has said a new Natural History GCSE will help support the decision makers of the future steer the natural world for years to come. The new GCSE – which is set to launch in September 2025 – has the potential to engage thousands of schoolchildren each year by tackling topics such as conservation, sustainability, species interactions, climate change and… Read more »

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Review of dog microchipping regulations underway

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) will be pushing for “meaningful improvements” within a Defra-published public consultation on a series of proposals to the dog microchipping regulations. The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations were introduced in 2015 to increase re-unification rates of lost and stolen dogs, benefiting dog welfare and saving local authorities… Read more »

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Sketch: Dazed and bewildered by some Labour has-beens

Diffident and abashed, Danny Alexander looked like a six-foot schoolboy who has forgotten his homework as he faced the despatch box for the first time. By Alex Stevenson Britain’s new chief secretary to the Treasury is a talented and clever individual. He was thought to be well-deserving of the Scottish secretary post, but the nation’s… Read more »

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Danny Alexander pledges to act 'fairly' as he cuts Labour government programmes
Alexander culls Labour’s last projects

By Alex Stevenson Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has cancelled or suspended 24 of the Labour government’s programmes it approved this year, in his first appearance at the despatch box for the coalition. David Laws’ replacement waved through 193 of the 217 projects Labour ministers had backed in the final months of their… Read more »